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What is the minimum amount of office space you have to allow per person in the work place?


Posted by laura on Apr 15, 2011 in Small Business Property Management Health and Safety Magnus News

Over the past few years, the average employee's work area has fallen from 190 sq ft to 120 sq ft according to a recent report by office agents King Sturge

With the average private sector work area at approx 120 square feet per employee, an employee's workstation may only measure about 50-60 square feet, the rest of the space is allocated for filing cabinets, copiers, meeting rooms, kitchen areas and walking space throughout the office.

Under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, employers have a responsibility to provide a minimum work space of 40 square feet per person.  

Most companies need to look at cheap office space; however this should not be at the expense of the morale and productivity of staff.  When planning your new office, be realistic about the space you have available and don't create a floor plate that is too tightly packed.  At Magnus, we find that an average of 80 to 100 square feet per person creates a far more comfortable working environment.

When choosing workstations for your staff, you should make sure that they are suitable for the people using them and for the work they do. There should be enough space around the desk area, and an effective cable management system for people to leave swiftly and safely in an emergency

If you are looking to move offices then why not call Magnus on 01625 422 065 or for more information on the governments Workplace Regulations visit HSE

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